Photay: Pressure

Part electronic, part global funk, Photay’s “Pressure” focuses on strings and vocals, with plenty of creative percussion—lending it a genre-bending uniqueness. Photay (aka Evan Shornstein) cites Aphex Twin as an early inspiration and the catalyst for him to experiment with drums, turntablism and composition. Since then, he has explored sampling and drawn inspiration from countless musical styles from all over the world. Waking Hours (released this …

Eli Fola: Midnight Fall

Nigeria-born, NYC-based artist Eli Fola champions Yoruba Tech Soul—a genre that fuses “traditional Nigerian sounds, electronic, jazz, house and classical music”—through his self-produced music, saxophone performances, DJ sets and beyond. Most recently, he dropped Soundscape To Freedom, a five-track EP that comprises “soundscapes for a Black person living in America,” he explains. A groovy, hypnotic single, “Midnight Fall” embodies all of the aforementioned influences. Steady …

Knwledge: KOKO EP

One of four tapes dropped in the last week by prolific producer Knxwledge (aka Glen Boothe), KOKO EP proves to be the most straightforward, but that doesn’t make it any less exceptional. Technically, it’s a follow-up to Boothe’s 1988 album (released in March), yet KOKO also creates space for tracks that might not have fit on that record. Hard-hitting and tight, as if it was …